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lift to lose

by Heather

This month I skipped my 4 month post baby body update. I didn’t feel like very much had changed from 3 months, but there will be a 5 month update coming up in the next couple weeks. Since I started losing weight it’s been a consistent 3 pounds a month, which I am very happy with.

What’s more exciting than seeing the number go down on the scale is feeling the difference. I’m beginning to shrink and it’s great because….

I’m fitting back into some pre-pregnancy jeans!

Not that I mind the elastic waist of maternity jeans, but they were starting to be a bit too big.

Since we’re here today talking about weight loss, let’s chat about something that I think is key to changing your body.

Strength training.

Lifting weights or your own body weight will help you create muscle. Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat. Muscle is also more dense than fat, so although you may weigh more or see no change in the scale, you will feel smaller as you start to add muscle and lose fat. Sounds pretty cool right? I think so.

But also remember to make it challenging!! You want to feel the challenge when you strength train. I’ve said it before and will say it again, challenge creates change. If it’s to easy and you’re not really making your muscle work, they aren’t going to be changing and growing. We want to make them work.

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This is why I lift heavy weights. 🙂

My strength training consists of teaching body pump twice a week and bootcamp once + more if I cover extra classes.

Thoughts on lifting and weight loss? How often do you strength train? Do you like to challenge yourself?

Heather

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Erica October 22, 2012 - 4:49 pm

YES! So key. I think lifting is the key to getting your body to look the way you want it to (forget a number on the scale- right?!). I lift usually 2-3 times per week

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner October 22, 2012 - 7:12 pm

I love lifting weights! I’m lifting weights (heavy ones) about 3 times a week now and absolutely LOVING it! I never knew how much my body could change with heavier weights. It really is true: it isn’t about a number on a scale — it’s about being strong and taking care of yourself in all aspects (health, sleep, stress, etc.). 🙂

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 23, 2012 - 7:49 am

I have just recently fallen in love with lifting! I love it!

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ann October 23, 2012 - 6:34 pm

You look great! Slow and steady wins the race. Can I ask you-where did you get that striped sweater-I love it. Thanks! And keep up the good work.

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Erika October 25, 2012 - 8:41 am

I have lifted weights for awhile now but more recently I have really upped my reps (same weight more reps) and I am totally seeing and feeling a difference in my body and strength.

Too bad they can’t make regular jeans with a nice elastic waist!

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